Films in Wicklow

My Boy Jack

Director: Brian Kirk Writer: David Haig Starring: Daniel Radcliffe as Rudyard Kipling’s son Jack, David Haig, Kim Cattrall and Carey Mulligan. BAFTA award winning. Plot: The year is 1913. War with Germany is imminent. English author Rudyard Kipling (David Haig), the British Empire’s greatest apologist, is at the peak of his literary fame. This movie explores the nature of a man who loses his balance when devotion to family and country clash. World War I breaks out, and Kipling’s son, Jack (Daniel Radcliffe), is determined to fight, but the Army and the Navy both reject him because of his extremely poor eyesight. Undaunted, Kipling uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, sparking off a bitter family conflict. Jack goes to war and is reported missing, believed wounded, in his first action. The Kipling family live in vain hope for two years, before finally learning of Jack’s death. The effect on Kipling is profound and irrevocable, as he struggles to confront his appalling sense of guilt and loss. Locations: Clermont House and College in Rathnew, the boardroom was used for the interiors of the main War Office Propaganda room. Upstairs the boarding area of the school was used as the Red Cross Hospital. A private farm in Ashford was used to recreate the trenches and battle scenes. Ardmore Studios in Bray and Cabinteely House in South Dublin were also used. View My Boy Jack in a larger map

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